Generous donors and sponsors celebrate record-breaking NAC Gala

Lang Lang, Alexander Shelley, and their mothers with Victor Dodig (President & CEO of CIBC) © Ernesto di Stefano
Dianne and Irv Kipnes with Alexander Shelley © Ernesto di Stefano
John and Bonnie Buhler with Lang Lang © Ernesto di Stefano

On Saturday, September 19, the 2015 National Arts Centre Gala featured world renowned pianist Lang Lang and the NAC Orchestra – under the leadership of its new Music Director Alexander Shelley – raising a record-breaking $1,005,000 in support of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust which benefits performing arts education programs across Canada.

The NAC Gala was made possible by the tireless dedication of its organizing committee, led by its Honorary Chair Laureen Harper and by Chair Gary Zed. The NAC is grateful to Presenting Sponsor CIBC for their ongoing partnership with the NAC Gala and for the generosity of Honorary Patrons Bonnie and John Buhler.

A special thanks to NAC Foundation board member Dianne Kipnes and husband Irv who rounded the Gala proceeds to $1 million at the end of the spectacular evening, and to Gary Zed who increased his support by $5,000 to secure the record-breaking total.

Other Gala sponsors include Associate Sponsor Shaw Communications Inc., and Major Sponsor SNC-Lavalin Inc., EY, Emond Harnden LLP, Mizrahi Corporation, Quebecor, Mark Motors Audi, The Ottawa Citizen and LeDroit.

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